Crispy-Skin Coho Salmon with Mushroom-Miso Sauce

Crispy-Skin Coho Salmon with Mushroom-Miso Sauce

A robust sauce and Chinese-style stir-fried vegetables complement the luxurious salmon. For delightfully crispy skin, sauté the fish skin-side down in a very hot pan. Add freshly cooked rice to the plate, and end with almond cookies and a mango and strawberry compote.

Susan Spicer
Recipe by: Susan Spicer

Author and chef/owner of Bayona and MONDO in New Orleans, Louisiana.


(Serves 4)

  • 12 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots or onion
  • 1 tablespoon matchstick-size slivers peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sherry
  • 2 tablespoons red miso
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar
  • 3 cups sliced bok choy
  • 4, 6-ounce coho salmon fillets
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 cup matchstick-size slivers carrot
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or shallot


  1. Cut the stems from the mushrooms and place in a large measuring cup. Cut the caps into 1/2-inch pieces. Add enough of the cap pieces to the stems to measure 2 cups total. Reserve the remaining chopped caps for the vegetables.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a heavy, large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the mushroom stems and caps and sauté until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the shallots and 1 tablespoon slivered ginger and cook until fragrant, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add the sherry and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until reduced to 2 cups, about 15 minutes, pressing on solids to extract liquid. Boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 8 minutes. Transfer the broth to a small bowl. Whisk the miso, vinegar and 1/4 cup of the canola oil into the sauce.

  3. Cook the bok choy in a medium saucepan of boiling salted water 30 seconds to soften slightly. Drain well. Squeeze lightly to remove excess liquid.

  4. Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the canola oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Arrange the salmon skin-side down in the pan. Cook until the skin is golden and crisp, pressing occasionally with a spatula to flatten, about 7 minutes. Turn the fish over and cook until it is springy to the touch and just opaque in the center when cut into with a small, sharp knife, about 1 minute.

  5. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil and the sesame oil in another large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the reserved chopped mushrooms and toss to coat with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, sliced onion, minced ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the bok choy and stir-fry until the vegetables are just crisp-tender, about 1 minute longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Divide the vegetables among 4 warmed plates. Top with the salmon, skin-side up. Drizzle the sauce over and around the fish and serve.

Hints from the chef:
  • To make matchstick-size slivers of ginger or carrot, cut into thin diagonal slices, fan out the slices on a work surface, and then cut into slivers.
  • Red miso, an intense paste made from fermented soy beans and rice, can be found in the refrigerated Asian section of the grocery store or in Japanese markets.